Stacey Sachs
Capitol Hill aide

Stacey Sachs, 50, a former senior health counsel to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, died April 21 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She had cancer.

The death was confirmed by her brother Bruce Sachs.

From 1998 to 2010, Ms. Sachs worked for the Senate committee under chairmen including Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). As a committee staff member, she participated in shaping major health policy law including the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as the universal health-care law, and the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003.

Since 2010, she had been a senior health policy specialist with the Foley Hoag law office in Washington.

Stacey Beth Sachs was born in Manhasset, N.Y., and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was a 1983 microbiology and cell science graduate of the University of Florida and a 1987 graduate of the university’s law school.

She received a master’s degree in public health, health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University in 2001.

Before joining the Senate committee, she worked at the Social Security Administration, supervising a team of lawyers responsible for handling Medicare Part B appeals. She also was an attorney adviser with the Labor Department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. She completed a Brookings Institution fellowship in 1998.

Ms. Sachs was a Washington resident. Survivors include her mother, Sandra Sachs of Delray Beach, Fla.; and two brothers.

— Adam Bernstein